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Senior Night extra special for battle tested QU duo

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Ryan Stuckman will join fellow senior Tyler Thompson for their final regular season home game Thursday night against UMSL. Ryan Stuckman will join fellow senior Tyler Thompson for their final regular season home game Thursday night against UMSL.

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- Tyler Thompson and Ryan Stuckman have spent all of two years together but they've developed a friendship that will likely last a lifetime.

The lone seniors on this year's Quincy University men's basketball team will step on the floor at Pepsi Arena on Thursday night for possibly the last time.

There's a chance the dynamic duo will get another opportunity during the upcoming Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament, but there's only one Senior Night, and that comes when the Hawks host Missouri-St. Louis.

Both Thompson and Stuckman say it's likely a night they'll never forget.

"I've spent about a quarter of my life here so it's going to be bittersweet to have my career come to an end," Thompson told WGEM Sports. 

"But at least, to be in Quincy and be healthy for the most part, I couldn't ask for more."

According to Stuckman, "Once I signed here there were a lot of rumors that this kid can't play here, (he's) not athletic enough and not talented enough. To come here and pretty much be a two year starter really gave me a sense of pride."

Both have had far different paths to Quincy.

Thompson is a fifth year senior who admits he wasn't really sure where the Gem City was during his recruitment. The Chicago native missed all of last season with a knee injury and will play on a bum ankle Thursday.

Stuckman has spent his entire life in Quincy and graduated from both QND and John Wood, and he too has battled an injury this season.

Head coach Marty Bell says both have persevered to become high character individuals on and off the court.

"I always like players to be able to go out on their own terms and now they get to do that," Bell explained. 

"You can't ask for anything more than that. How the game goes is probably a sidebar, the fact that they've battled through what they've battled through, and have been able to come back and play, is going to be pretty special."

Bell says there's no doubt both Thompson and Stuckman will be successful in whatever they choose to do following their college careers.

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